Passwords are the root cause of over 95% of data breaches. Just addressing password problems will go a long way toward providing your firm with a level of cybersecurity.
One of the newer security protocols to alleviate the need for passwords is FIDO which stands for Fast IDentity Online. It’s a set of authentication standards aimed at strengthening the user login process to go online.
FIDO was created when companies that do a lot of online business were looking for ways to increase security and reduce or eliminate the need for passwords. Some of the members of the FIDO Alliance include Google, Microsoft, ARM, Bank of America, Master Card, Visa, Microsoft, Samsung, LG, Dell and RSA.
The FIDO standard can be a useful tool for authenticating users in a law firm, as it provides a secure and convenient way to authenticate users to online services and systems. It specifies a set of protocols for secure authentication using public key cryptography, and it can be used to authenticate users to a server or other online service. A major benefit of FIDO is that it prevents phishing attacks because it doesn’t use software.
“FIDO is designed to make it easier not harder for the individual to secure information and communications. Zero Trust and FIDO are two things that we’re seeing more and more and it makes a lot of sense because if we don’t keep up and create things that keep the bad guys away the bad guys are always gonna win,” said Catherine Sanders Reach, director for the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association.
How to Set Up FIDO
To use FIDO to authenticate an online service or system, you will typically need to register your device with the service or system and set up a FIDO authenticator. This may involve installing a software authenticator or connecting a hardware device to your computer, depending on the specific FIDO authentication method being used. Once you have set up your FIDO authenticator, you can use it to securely authenticate to the service or system whenever you need to log in.
In general, the use of strong authentication methods, such as those provided by the FIDO standard, can be beneficial for law firms as it can help to protect sensitive client data and prevent unauthorized access to systems and resources. However, it is important to carefully consider the specific needs and requirements of your law firm and to carefully evaluate the various options available before choosing an authentication solution. It is important to carefully assess your needs and budget and to work with a trusted vendor to develop a plan that meets your needs within your budget constraints.
Strong security: FIDO uses public key cryptography to secure the authentication process, which can provide a high level of security compared to traditional authentication methods such as passwords.
Convenience: FIDO can be more convenient for users than traditional authentication methods, as it typically requires only a single authentication step and does not require the user to remember or enter a password.
Cost: Implementing FIDO can be more expensive than traditional authentication methods, as it may require the purchase of hardware or software and the integration of those products with your systems.
Complexity: FIDO can be more complex to implement and manage than traditional authentication methods, as it involves the use of public key cryptography and may require integration with multiple systems and devices.
Overall, the pros and cons of using FIDO for authentication will depend on your specific needs and requirements. It is important to carefully assess your needs and budget and to work with a trusted vendor to determine the best solution for your organization.